S P A R T A N U P D A T E
PRE-ENGINEERING AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM GRADUATION was held on Tuesday, January 16, 4 p.m., at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division, Port of Hueneme. Twenty students who completed the 12-week program were presented with a certificate of achievement, as well as a letter of recommendation. Congratulations to Spartans Mina Sergio and Sacolles Leiana!
ADULT TRANSITION program held its third annual Winterfest (rescheduled from December) on Friday, January 12. Channel Islands Adult Transition program students were invited over and together practiced social skills, ate lunch, enjoyed photo booth, and had a party!! They danced to music provided by D.J. Jeff. A wonderful time was had by all! Connie Westphal Brown, Adult Transition Program Department Chair
FALL SPORTS NIGHT – Football, Girls Volleyball, Girls Tennis, Cross-Country, Girls Golf and Boys Water Polo athletes were recognized at annual Fall Sports Night held on Monday, December 18, at 7 p.m., in the gym. Congratulations to the following athletes who were lauded as “Most Valuable” in their respective sports…Chris Ruffinelli, Athletic Director
Football — Austin Maciel
Boys Cross Country — Ivan Pitones
Girls Volleyball — Kelly Rodriguez
Girls Golf — Nicole Kim
Girls Cross Country — Elisse Weinerth
Girls Tennis — Jupneet Singh and Precious Cabanban
Boys Water Polo — Thomas Corey
SCIENCE – Earth and Space Science are finishing up planetary motion, lunar cycles, formation of the moon, and preparing for their final! Biology Honors and CP are finishing up Mitosis with microscope and online virtual labs, and review towards end of week. Integrated Phys/Chem are starting their final project, which is to demonstrate their knowledge of the semester with a game board. Chem Study just finished a lab based on ionic vs. covalent compounds and are working hard through their nomenclature. Health completed “Life’s Greatest Miracle” PowerPoint format which they watched 10 minutes a day, and answered questions on each section. They are also working on Final Exam Review questions. Environmental Science CP finished sharing their endangered species reports. Earth and Space Science Honors completed unit on formation of solar system, gravity and Newton’s Laws, Kepler’s Laws, and orbits. They are completing inquiry labs to review chemistry concepts for final. Biology completed carbon cycle unit tied into cellular respiration and photosynthesis. Marine Biology completed fisheries unit by discussing sport fishing and watching some videos. IB Environmental Systems completed lab exploring diversity indices, including: species richness, Shannon-Wiener, and Simpson’s, and comparisons for several habitats in our area. Physics is investigating conservation of motion, kinetic and potential energy, and circular motion by building and testing paper roller coasters. This student just made his first piece of straight track…Beulah Espinoza, Science Department Chair
CTE – Baking and Pastry class made vanilla soufflés, as part of the custard and stove top unit. The unit also included chocolate mousse rice pudding and strawberry Bavarian cream…Mary Wayne, Career Technical Education Department Chair / Hospitality and Marketing Academy
COUNSELING – PSAT Parent Information Night presentations in English and Spanish, took place on Thursday, January 18, 6 p.m., in room 34. Parents learned about their student’s PSAT score and the importance of the PSAT, SAT/ACT for college…Cuba Montero, Mentor Counselor
COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER – On Wednesday, January 17, during lunch, Dream International Beauty Academy, Inc. Reps. Margraretha Wells and Brooke McKillop presented to students and provided information about apprenticeship opportunity to earn while they learn about barbering and cosmetology. Information can also be accessed at www.DreamBeautyAcademy.com
Three ASVAB Results and Interpretation sessions were held on Friday, January 19. Karyl Johnson, from the Military Processing Center in Los Angeles, led the Interpretation sessions where students learned how to use the results of the skills test they took last December. Students then logged into computers and took a personality inventory. Combining information gained through the skills and personality inventories, helps students discover future career pathways…Sally Anderson, College and Career Center Guidance Tech
LATE BUS – Departs from front of Admin. Office at 4:35 p.m. – Monday thru Thursday
DISTRICT SUPPER PROGRAM – Monday thru Friday – Student Cafeteria – 3 to 5 p.m. – on minimum days 12:18 to 12:45 p.m.
Anyone from community 18-years or younger may participate at no cost
Yearbooks pre-sale only this year. Purchase yours for $100 at the ASB Window before Mar. 1!
ZAP (Zeroes Aren’t Permitted)
Saturdays beginning – 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Library
Students can work on homework, computer research, make-up quizzes & tests Meet in groups to plan & complete class projects or study for tests Seniors can work on college scholarship applications & essays.
Additional information, contact David Gonzalez firstname.lastname@example.org
Rio Mesa Winter Dance Show “Bravo!”
Friday, Jan. 19 – Virginia Bennett Gym, 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $7 at door – ASB Office or Dance Room
Attention Spartans! Time to review and turn in missing work for all your classes!
First Semester Finals 2 weeks away! Good luck and finish strong!
Migrant Education and ELAC Parent Meeting – Tues., Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m., Student Cafeteria
FREE Migrant Education Family Conference – Sat., Jan. 27, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Rio Vista – See Cuba Montero or Julissa Vasquez for more info.
NEW FREE Parent Project Spanish & English classes begin Feb. 6 – contact counselor for more information.
FREE Cash for College Financial Aid Workshops – Sat., Feb. 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Moorpark and Ventura Colleges
LAST Financial Aid Workshop – Feb. 22, 6 p.m., rm. 34 (computer lab)
Seniors and parents can get one-on-one assistance with the FAFSA or California Dream Act
Cuba Montero, Mentor Counselor
SPARTAN ALUMNI visit new “official website” of the Rio Mesa Alumni Association www.spartanalums.org
OR TWITTER: @MarkCContreras